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December 14, 2016 / 12:35 PM / a year ago

REFILE-Soccer-Antlers beat Atletico Nacional to reach Club World Cup final

(Corrects spelling of Kanazaki in fourth para)

OSAKA, Japan, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Kashima Antlers became the first Japanese side to reach the Club World Cup final when they beat Colombia’s South American champions Atletico Nacional 3-0 on Wednesday.

Kashima’s first goal came after 33 minutes when Shoma Doi converted a penalty given for an off-the-ball trip after video evidence was used for the first time to award a spot kick.

Yasushi Endo scored the Antlers’ second after 83 minutes when he took advantage of an error by goalkeeper Franco Armani to backheel a loose ball into the empty net.

Atletico’s heads went down and two minutes later substitute Yuma Suzuki, who had just come on, sidefooted home a third from close range after Mu Kanazaki’s ball across the face of goal.

The result means the Japanese champions will face the winners of Thursday’s semi-final between Real Madrid and Mexico’s Club America. The final is scheduled for Sunday. (Writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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